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Letter: Petty criminals don’t deserve the ink

I am not sure what the Sunday Monitor hoped to accomplish with the article on the Brotherhood of White Warriors (“All tough kids,” front page, Dec. 8).

I believe they will take great pride in the attention. Additionally, I am extremely bothered by the message that BOWW spreads, which is racist, overshadowing the recent passing of Nelson Mandela. To see the tiny picture of Mandela in the corner of your publication and these thugs plastered across the front is horrible. The article seems to act as a recruitment tool for them inside the walls and to spread their segregationist message throughout the general populous.

Would not a more appropriate article be to address the many causes Mandela spoke out against that are still festering today? He spoke against the occupation of Palestine. They are in “peace talks” now despite the fact that Israel is expanding its settlements at the same time. He spoke against labeling “terrorists” without due process – certainly a subject he knows all too much about. In this day and age, where our government has PETA, Occupy Wall Street and Greenpeace on its terrorist watch list and is passing all sorts of regulations against pipeline protests, any person of conscience could be next.

As our government looks to pass internet censoring laws, we really need our local journalists to be the source for information that matters in the world. These petty criminals should be relegated to the area they deserve: the police blotters. At a time when gangs are really getting a stronghold in this state, any perceived positive publicity only serves to jeopardize the residents of this state. I thought we have the Union Leader to cover this type of crap.

CLAUDIA CASS

Laconia

Legacy Comments3

For Hunter Dan- I could not disagree more with you nor agree more with Claudia. You apparently subscribe to the theory that this series exemplifies the principle of sunlight being the best disinfectant. To the contrary, I think the amount and type of glowing light shone by this shocking, disgraceful and amateurish attempt at journalism is more akin to a racist hatred grow-light.

I disagree Claudia. Not so long ago a white supremacist ran for office in the Tilton area. There was much ink and much space in the pages of the Monitor devoted to him. As a result, he came in a distant last in the election, the NH GOP thankfully spoke out against this man and because of the coverage, a group of very diverse posters came together to form the Rat Patrol. We now hold regular get-togethers. We're actually friends, not mere online acquaintances. We came together because the coverage of this would-be politician made us realize that our political differences were small potatoes compared to "the real enemy."

I could not disagree more with you nor agree more with Claudia. You apparently subscribe to the theory that this series exemplifies the principle of sunlight being the best disinfectant. To the contrary, I think the amount and type of glowing light shone by this shocking, disgraceful and amateurish attempt at journalism is more akin to a racist hatred grow-light.

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